One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of the mobile, flattened, paddle-like arrays of fused cilia which are arranged in rows to form the swimming organs of Ctenophora; a comb plate.
Early 20th century. Either from cten- or directly from ancient Greek κτεν-, κτείς (in Byzantine Greek also with nominative κτήν) comb, after scientific Latin Ctenophora Ctenophora.
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